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Agrawal, Anurag (b 17.02.1972), MBBS, MD, DM, PhD, Director, CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, Delhi.

Dr Anurag Agrawal has shown that obesity or Air pollution related cellular stress precipitates asthma by affecting the cellular metabolism of Air way epithelial cells. He has shown how donation of mitochondria by stem cells can correct the cellular functions. His contribution to eHealth would enhance health care delivery.

Agrawal, Madhoolika (b 01.05.1958), PhD, Head & Professor, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Dr Agrawal has made significant research contributions on global environmental change including effect of O3 and UV-B on agricultural crops under field conditions.

Bhargava, Balram (b 21.07.1961), MD, DM, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.

Professor Balram Bhargava is an outstanding cardiologist and one of the foremost leaders in biomedical innovation, public health and medical education//research. He has pioneered a number of medical innovations, of which some are approved for human use. His research and innovation on Indian stents, cardiac compression devices, interosseous needles etc. have influenced health care.

Chakrabarti, Soumen (b 14.04.1969), PhD, Professor, Computer Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.

Professor Chakrabarti has made stellar contributions to conceptualization and development of powerful algorithms for web search, right from the early days of the Internet. An outstanding contribution of his is focused crawling which is a part of current day search engines and rigorously combines text-based search spectral analysis of the web graph. He has pushed the frontier of search far beyond just web page lonks to directly interpreting and answering questions.

Chengalur, Jayaram Narayanan (b 13.06.1965), PhD, Senior Professor, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics-TIFR, Pune.

For his pioneering work at GMRT, in particular for his very challenging 21 cm radio observations of gas in galaxies at different stages of evolution that had a major impact on our understanding of star formation.

Das, Amita (b 03.08.1965), PhD, Senior Professor, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar.

For her foundational contributions in the field of laser plasma interactions emphasising the role of self-generated magnetic fields.

Dasgupta, Maitrayee (b 27.12.1959), PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Calcutta University, Ballygunge Science College, Kolkata.

Professor Dasgupta has made outstanding contribution in the field of root nodule symbiosis (RNS), particularly delineating the role of symbiosis and cytokinin signaling in developing RNS in crack-entry legumes like Arachis.

Gaur, Deepak (b 18.09.1972), PhD, Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr Deepak Gaur for making significant contributions in understanding molecular mechanism of red cell invasion by malaria parasite, and his elucidation of novel candidates for malaria vaccine development.

Gourinath, Samudrala (b 16.04.1972), PhD, Professor, Structural Biology Lab, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Samudrala Gourinath has established a strong structural Biology group to study structure-function relation in the infectious microrganisms Entamoeba histolytica and Helicobacter pylori. He has elucidated the function of Calcium-binding proteins involved in E. histolytica phagocytosis. His work has revealed novel features of cysteine biosynthetic enzymes in E. histolytica and DNA replication protein in H. pylori.

Gupta, Anil Kumar (b 1952), PhD, Secretary, Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (GIAN), Ahmedabad.

Professor Gupta has opened new, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial bottom-up paths of progress for millions of creative, inclusive, generous minds of not only India but the world at large. He spawned the inclusive frugal grassroots innovation movement thirty years ago through the Honey Bee Network. It has created institutions some of which became part of national polity (such as SRISTI, GIAN and NIF) but these also redefined the concept of National Innovation systems.

Jain, Neeraj (b 08.12.1960), ), PhD, Professor and Scientist VII, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar.

Dr Neeraj Jain's work has increased our understanding of organization and informrganation processing in sensorimotor areas of the mammalian brain. His work on adult brain plasticity and post injury reorganization has direct relevance to human disease.

Kanjilal, Dinakar (b 20.02.1955), PhD, Director, Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi.

For his path-breaking development of high temperature superconducting electron cyclotron resonance ion source and for significant contributions to controlled modification of material-properties through high energy ion irradiation.

Lahiri, Goutam Kumar (b 01.01.1960), PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai.

Dr Lahiri has made seminal contributions in the area of electron transfer in multi-metal complexes to understand biological processes and several organometallic catalytic reactions.

Maiti, Souvik (b 30.09.1971), PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR- Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi.

Souvik Maiti has comprehensively studied thermodynamics basis of RNA quadraplexes to understand their role in gene expression. He has used integrated chemical biology approaches by modifying and designing small molecules that can modulate miRNA levels.

Mandal, Mahitosh (b 01.01.1963), PhD, Professor, School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur.

Dr Mandal has made outstanding contributions to cancer biology, studying the role of both natural and synthetic inhibitors that impact survival and stress related signaling cascades and inhibit tumor growth. He has also innovatively applied the use of nanocomposites loaded with chemo therapeutics to overcome chemo-resistance.

Mitra, Sushmita (b 19.12.1962), PhD, Professor, Machine Intelligence Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

Dr Mitra has made pioneering contributions in the area of neuro-fuzzy computing, pattern recognition, and machine intelligence. She is a pioneer in neuro-fuzzy rule generation which led to the development of neuro-fuzzy expert systems. Her contributions in the use of soft computing in bioinformatics has opened many avenues for the mining of high-dimensional gene expression data.

Nandicoori, Vinay Kumar (b 01.03.1969), PhD, Staff Scientist VI, Signal Transduction Lab1, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi.

Dr Vinay Kumar Nandicoori has made seminal contributions towards understanding signaling and survival mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and developing technologies to study the pathogen towards translational objectives.

Pati, Swapan Kumar (b 07.12.1968), PhD, Professor, Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru.

Dr Pati has made significant contributions to the understanding of novel properties of molecules and materials systems using computational methods.

Prasad, NG (b 16.08.1974),PhD, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali.

Dr Prasad has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of the role of immunity and sexual selection in evolution. This work has important implications for speciation.

Ramasubramanian, K (b 1969),PhD, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.

Professor K Ramasubramanian is a prominent historian of classical Indic science with a strong grounding in the physical sciences as well as Sanskrit. He has done important research on the history of Indian astronomy, and his scholarly translations of the works of the Kerala School of Mathematics constitute a major contribution to an authentic assessment of the remarkable advances made in India foreseeing the development of calculus in Europe a few centuries later.

Rao, Nittala Venkata Chalapathi (b 23.05.1969), PhD, Professor, Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Dr. Rao`s cutting edge research on kimberlites, lamproites, lamprophyres, their entrained xenoliths and mafic dykes has significantly enhanced our understanding of the geodynamic evolution of the Indian lithosphere. He has established a world-class school of deep mantle petrology.

Ravindran, Vajravelu (b 09.10.1965),PhD, Professor H, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

For his critical work on the computation of the Higgs boson cross-section and properties that contributed significantly to its discovery.

Ray, Krishanu (b 16.12.1964), PhD, Professor-H, Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Dr Ray has contributed significantly towards establishing a role for motor proteins in axonal transport, in particular specific cargo motor interactions. He has also provided key insights into the mechanisms that control sperm release in fruit fly. His work on F actin dynamics has key implications for the ability of animal cells to repel microbial invasion.

Sabu, Mamiyil (b 31.05.1959),PhD, Professor, Department of Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala.

Professor Sabu has contributed significantly on the taxonomy of families Zingiberaceae and Musaceae. Besides taxonomical aspects of palynology and cytology of these two families, he has published four monographs and established the largest germplasm collections of Zingiberaceae in India.

Sankaran, Parameswaran (b 04.06.1959), PhD, Professor H, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

Sankaran is a versatile mathematician who has made significant contributions to topology, group theory, representation theory and algebraic groups. His work on equivariant Schubert calculus has been especially influential. The techniques and ideas of Sankaran proved to be crucial in the construction of Littelmann’s bases. His results explicitly describing classical cohomology theories for toric manifolds have influenced works on higher algebraic K-theory and cobordism as well as equivariant compactifications.

Sharma, Yogendra (b 02.01.1959), PhD, Chief Scientist and Group Leader, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

Yogendra Sharma has discovered novel calcium binding protein superfamily of βγ-crystallins. Through his work he has established this family as the second most prevalent family of calcium binding proteins after EF-hand family.

Singh, Ashok Kumar (b 01.07.1962), PhD, Head, Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

He has made outstanding contributions in basic and applied research on rice genetics and molecular breeding, and developed 14 basmati rice varieties and hybrids.

Singh, Maya Shankar (b 06.02.1960), PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Dr Maya Shankar Singh has contributed to the development of selective one-pot reactions employing simple and easily available synthons leading to various important intermediates.

Singh, Sunil Kumar (b 16.03.1971), PhD, Professor, Geosciences Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

Dr Sunil Singh’s outstanding research on particle-water interaction and submarine groundwater discharge have provided new insights into regulating the flux and distribution of trace elements and isotopes to the ocean. His work on Re-Os chronometry of black shales enabled direct dating of sedimentary sequences in the country. He has made fundamental contributions on the Himalayan erosion and its linkage to climate and tectonics.

Sinha, Alok Krishna (b 05.08.1969), PhD, Staff Scientist VI, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.

Dr Sinha has made significant contribution towards understanding the MAPK cascade in plants. His research on regulation of SUB1A1 by MPK3 during submergence has led to understanding the underlying mechanism of submergence tolerance in rice. Blue light dependent regulation of MYC2 by MPK6 during Arabidopsis seedling development is another significant contribution.


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